Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

Best GoPro Alternatives For A Lower Budget

GoPro is considered the best action camera in the market and is capable of recording and capturing your sports ventures in Full HD (1080p). But the price tag that comes with the GoPro cameras is something not everybody can afford. Also, since these cameras are mostly used to record action and adventure, there are chances of the camera getting lost, drowning or even damaged during a stunt, so it isn’t the most affordable option to purchase a GoPro.

As of now, GoPro has come out with a number of different action cameras, with the latest being GoPro Hero 5 Black and GoPro Hero 5 Session. Apart from the rectangular shape that the GoPro action cameras are normally seen with, the Session range of cameras comes with a square design and provides a good variety of users.

But even with the progression of features that comes with each new model by the leading camera manufacturing company, it isn’t possible to upgrade the model every time, nor is it a good idea to settle for something that is not up to the mark.

Even if you are a die-hard Go Pro fan, you have to agree that the high cost of the company’s products can definitely put a damper on things and burn a hole in your pocket unnecessarily, when there are some strong competitors in the market.

Many of these competitors are Chinese manufacturers that copy the best of features but at a much lower cost. But apart from Chinese alternatives for GoPro, there are various other companies like Garmin, Sony, Olympus, etc. that produce some great cameras to choose from too.

These action cameras comes in different shapes and sizes, and you can find a wide range of cameras to suit your needs. Depending on what you want, you pick the recording and picture resolution as well as camera features. Take the size of the camera into consideration as well so that depending on the sport you choose it for, it fits perfectly and conveniently.

Buy a GoPro alternative camera to record your next adventure without having to spend a fortune, and also ensure that you receive all the necessary features but at the fraction of the cost that a GoPro would cost you! 

Whether you want a different brand or just a cheaper option, we have created this page that has a bunch of cameras for you to choose from. 

Cheap GoPro alternatives list - (Updated Feb 2017)

This page will keep getting updated as new models hit the market so make sure to check back from time to time.

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Sioeye Iris4G Blink Live Streaming Action Camera

sioeye iris4g blink live streaming action camera

The Sioeye Iris4G Blink Live Streaming Action Camera is an amazing live streaming action camera, which is one of a kind. It comes packed with great features and advanced camera capabilities to provide great aerial footage.

Body and Design

The body of the camera is the usual rectangular one seen on most leading action cameras like GoPro Hero 4. It weighs 3.5oz including battery and has the dimensions - 2.5” wide (65mm), 1.65” (42mm) tall, 1.18” (30mm) deep. The Blink features an all white body that looks sleek and classy.

Sioeye Iris4G Blink Live Streaming Action Camera Camera Features

The Sioeye Iris4G Blink offers the best of both worlds and has amazing recording capabilities along with a live streaming feature. It features a POV of up to 130 degree with F2.8 aperture and comes with various modes that include time lapse, still photo, photo bursts, video capture and live streaming. The sensors on the camera include a GPS and an altimeter, and the Sioeye Iris4G Blink also offers an onboard storage of 4 GB.

The camera has an integrated 2” LCD touch display screen that supports instant playback. The stereo audio is 48kHz with ACC and it includes a 3.5mm stereo mic port. It even supports Bluetooth 4.0, third party Android applications, and works with the Sioeye Camera App that provides over the air...

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera


The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera is a compact, lightweight and waterproof camera that is easy to use and records spectacular footage in ultra HD. It can record videos in 4K/30fps, as well as 2.7K/60fps, 1080p/120fps, 720p/240fps and 480p/300fps with crisp, brilliant detail.

The action camera comes with 3-axis image stabilization (up to 1080p/60fps) so no matter what kind of sport or adventure you want to record, the footage will come out smooth and not shaky. It also has a high sensitivity microphone that works great even when in the waterproof case.

Users can take pictures in 12 megapixel and 8 megapixel, with burst frames of up to 60fps. It also has manual camera control with live preview and enhanced features for taking night shots.

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

For ease of use, you can control the camera with your voice when it is out of reach or your hands are busy. With its Sensory TrulyHandsfree technology, you can simple say commands like “start recording” or “take a picture” or “remember that” to tag footage for you to easily recollect later.

Easily access relevant performance data with the camera’s G-Metrix technology, which includes speed, altitude, G-force as well as heart rate. The built-in Garmin High-Sensitivity 10...

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera


The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera is another entrant in the 4k action camera race and features a very rugged design that can take on any conditions, as well as 7 sensors, apart from its 4k capabilities.

It features a vertical design, instead of the usual horizontal or square ones, which makes it easy to grip in one hand and record. The handycam-like design also features a 1.5-inch 115k-dot LCD monitor with an aspect ratio of 4:3, which flips open to the side and can be tilted to get the perfect angles.

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera

The action camera can record 4K Ultra HD videos at 30fps rates, as well as 1080p Full HD at 60fps and 720p HD at 240fps.  It is equipped with an 8MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that makes use of Olympus' Truepic VII image processor. The lens features a 7-group, 7-element construction that has an aperture of f/2.0 and a wide angle of 204-degrees. It also features a 5-axis digital image stabilizer.

The Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker Action Camera has 7 sensors built in, with some that are customary as well as some extra ones. The usual ones include a GPS, compass and...

Drift Ghost-S Action Camera


The Drift Ghost-S Action Camera boasts one of the most powerful chips available, and a leading-edge processor, as well as a Sony CMOS sensor. It uses 7-element aspherical lens technology, and can record videos in 1080p at 60 fps, and take crystal-clear images in 12 MP with extraordinary low-light performance, providing smooth and rich video and images in any atmosphere. The resolution is individually adjustable and combining the photo and video mode, allows you to take images even while recording.

It features a 1700 mAh battery that can power the action camera for about 3.5 hours, allowing a long recording time. It is also equipped with a 2 inch Corning Gorilla Glass LCD screen that is scratch-resistant. This allows users to frame their shots easily, lets them manage and view the videos, and also navigate the camera’s menus to adjust settings.

Drift Ghost-S Action Camera

It has an easy-to-use interface gives a number of user-adjustable settings such as bit rate, frame rate, 10x digital zoom, field of view, resolution, exposure and manual HDMI out. These features along with the camera’s 300° continuously rotatable lens gives you amazing pictures every time! Due to the rotatable lens, the camera can be mounted in any direction and it will...

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